Australia’s Darwin port leased to Chinese company for 99 yrs

America outmaneuvered through ‘business’ with an Australian government who considers cattle a priority over national security in Oceania and the Asia-Pacific. Being that China will now have an 80% stake in the port, they have an opportunity to exploit economic warfare on Australia as well.

 

A decision by Australia’s Northern Territory government to lease the Port of Darwin to the Chinese-owned Landbridge Group for 99 years has become a hot topic of debate among the nation’s senior defense officials, reports the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Tracey Hayes, chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, welcomed the deal as she believes it is vital to keep Australia’s busiest port for live cattle export running efficiently. Continue reading

Russian military jets and US destroyer clash in Black Sea ‘posing danger to stability’

For more background on the USS Donald Cook incident and how the Russians shut it down, please click HERE.

 

The Russian defence minister, speaking at a security summit in Singapore, said US missile ships operating near Moscow’s territorial waters “pose a danger to strategic stability” between the two countries.

State news service RIA Novosti quoted a military source as saying the USS Ross was sighted heading straight for Russian waters after leaving the Romanian port of Costanta on Saturday. Continue reading

Chinese Shipyard Looks to Build Giant Floating Islands

1,000,000 ton battle stations

Floating Island

This CGI shows one of JDG’s floating islands, which is likely the largest 120m X 900M configuration. The floating island can support both civilian and military missions, including supply, landing aircraft and basing of amphibious vehicles.

China, not just satisfied with turning South China Sea reefs into airports, is looking to expand its naval basing activities by building giant floating islands.

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China Expects to Win Control of Biggest Greek Port Dubbed ‘Gateway to Europe’

Chinese government-owned shipping and logistics giant COSCO is expected to complete the purchase of a controlling stake in Piraeus Port as it continues to take advantage of Greece’s privatisation programme.

Speaking at a conference in Athens, China’s ambassador to Greece Zou Xiaoli urged Chinese companies to explore further opportunities to invest in the beleaguered Mediterranean nation, which, as a condition of its bailout programme, is auctioning any saleable assets that remain in public control.

China views Greece as being a potential logistical hub, as it seeks to boost trade into Europe. Piraeus, being one of Europe’s largest passenger ports and the largest container port in the Eastern Mediterranean, is at the heart of its plans. Continue reading

Report: Russian ship and Syrian senior officials flee

Syrian opposition sources say ship left Latakia port, families of top regime members escape to Lebanon. Syrian information minister: If attacked, we’ll defend ourselves

Syrian opposition elements claimed on Monday that a Russian navy ship, which has docked for a long time in the vicinity of the Latakia port, has left its harbor.

In addition, it was reported by opposition sources that thousands of family members of top official and figures in the Syria regime escaped to Lebanon and to Latakia. These reports were not confirmed by other sources. Continue reading